Nagoya Castle is one of the most popular and important tourist spots in the history of Japan. Located in Aichi Prefecture in the city of Nagoya, the castle. it is full of life with many works of art and historical objects.
In addition to the traditional castle, any environment such as gates, landscapes, trees, rivers, gardens, tea house and the Hommaru palace provides a wonderful cultural trip. All this for the price of 500 yen.
Initially the castle began to be built by Shiba Yoshimune in 1525. It was conquered by Oda Nobuhide and Imagawa Ujitoyo in 1532 and was later abandoned. In 1610 Tokugawa Ieyasu ordered the construction of a new castle on the site, which was completed in 1612.
Like most of Japan's castles, it was destroyed in the second World War and then it was rebuilt until 1959. Some works and historical objects were saved and are on display in the castle.
Exploring Nagoya Castle
The castle is famous for its golden dolphins (kinshachi) which is a symbol of Lord Feudal's authority. O Hommaru Palace allows you to experience Japanese historic architecture with several panels painted by artists from different regions of Japan.
In addition to the gates and towers scattered around the castle, you will find a rare Japanese nutmeg tree over 600 years old called Kaya-no-ki. See also a huge stone called Kiyomasa, which served as the basis for the construction of the main castle.
Nagoya Castle has a garden called Ninomaru, where there is a tea house and also a sanctuary. The castle has 5 accessible floors (7 in all) and an observation deck. On the first floor you will already find an exhibition with several important cultural assets.
On the second floor you will find special exhibitions, on the third floor you will find a reconstructed city from the time inside the castle. On the fourth floor you will find armor, helmets and swords. On the fifth floor you can take a picture with the famous golden dolphin.
Take a trip to Nagoya castle
Nagoya Castle was one of my favorites, especially walking around the Hommaru Palace. I recommend to anyone traveling to Japan, to know the city of Nagoya and this beautiful castle. There are many other interesting points in the city, such as the science museum.
Unfortunately not everyone still has the possibility to visit this castle in person. Therefore, we will leave below a video of our friend Santana, for you to get to know this beautiful castle up close. Have you ever visited this castle? Tell us your experience! Thanks for the comments and shares.